Walz Celebrates Fantômas Centenaire
The archfiend Fantômas was created by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre in early 1911.
UAS history faculty Robin Walz joined a discussion panel at a celebration of the 100th birthday of the French film villain Fantômas at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles January 13. According to a description on the museum Website, "The archfiend Fantômas was created by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre in early 1911. The villain, in top hat and black mask, strode across the rooftops of Paris with a dagger in one hand, casting his murderous shadow over the city. Born via pulpy paperbacks, he quickly attracted high culture admirers." The panel discussion followed a viewing of Louis Feuillade's silent film Le Mort Qui Tue (1913). Other members of the panel included Los Angeles Times and National Public Radio film critic Kenneth Turan. Robin Walz is a cultural historian of French popular fiction, the author of Pulp Surrealism: Insolent Popular Culture in Early Twentieth-Century France (University of California Press, 2000), translator of Death of Nick Carter by Philippe Soupaut (McSweeney's 24), and a card carrying member of La Société des Amis de Fantômas.